Dana White Handed Ronda Rousey-Like Situation With Kayla Harrison as Claimed by Insider for UFC 300 Star

Published 01/28/2024, 1:54 AM EST

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The UFC recently signed a new fighter – former 2-time Olympic Gold medalist, Kayla Harrison. She will take on veteran and former champion Holly Holm at UFC 300. Meanwhile, former UFC star Josh Thomson believes that things may not work out for Dana White, as he suggested a scenario in which Harrison’s UFC debut could turn out to be a situation similar to that of Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey.

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Kayla Harrison has made a name for herself in the world of MMA through sheer dominance. Much like Ronda Rousey, she also has a background in judo but has a better record than the UFC Hall of Famer. Harrison will be heading to UFC 300 with a 16-1 record, but Josh Thomson believes things could get difficult in her debut. Let’s see what he had to say.

Will Kayla Harrison suffer a fate similar to Ronda Rousey?

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Kayla Harrison has proved her mettle in the sport of MMA and no one can argue with that. However, during a recent ‘Weighing In’ podcast episode, the host Josh Thomson appeared skeptical of Harrison’s chances to beat Holly Holm. He believes that the former Olympic gold medalist is not guaranteed to beat the former champion.

“Holly is slowing down, Holly’s got good takedown defense but there is no guarantee that she [Harrison] is going to beat a 41/42-year-old Holly Holm. There’s no guarantee,” said Thomson. However, co-host and veteran MMA referee, John McCarthy disagreed with Thomson’s prediction for the fight.

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Instead, McCarthy was absolutely sure that Kayla Harrison would defeat Holly Holm convincingly. He said, “Yep. [Holm’s going to lose].” Nevertheless, Josh Thomson recalled how Holly Holm handed Ronda Rousey the upset defeat, which could also happen to Kayla Harrison.

We may end up seeing another Ronda Rousey situation. I think there’s a small chance,” Thomson added. Meanwhile, he also suggested another fight for Harrison, which could turn out to be one of the biggest fights the UFC has on its hands.

Amanda Nunes could be an ideal opponent for Harrison

Following her retirement, Amanda Nunes teased following a path similar to Ronda Rousey and getting into the WWE world. However, that hasn’t happened and recently there have been discussions amongst fans and pundits regarding a possible comeback for the former double champion. As such, Josh Thomspon believes that if Kayla Harrison could make weight at 135 lbs, she could be up for the biggest bantamweight fight against Nunes.

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“The talk that Amanda Nunes may come back, that is the biggest fight that they can make in the 135-pound division because if Amanda comes back and fights Kayla, if Kayla beats Holly,” said Thomson. Nevertheless, John McCarthy also had a doubt about this matchup. He doesn’t think that Kayla Harrison would be able to make the bantamweight weight limit, even though her fight against Holly Holm is at 135 lbs. “Kayla is never making 135… I see it’s bantamweight [fight against Holm],” McCarthy added.

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While the possible Amanda Nunes fight is not a concern at the moment, Kayla Harrison would focus on getting a winning start in the UFC. Holly Holm is a highly – accomplished fighter even though she’s in her 40s. We will have to wait and see how things pan out for both the newcomer and the veteran on April 13th.

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